Megan Vaniman, Attorney

Megan Vaniman

Megan is an experienced employment law attorney and corporate advisor. She can frequently be found in state and federal court where she has successfully defended Oregon and Washington employers. From discovery through trial, Megan provides her clients with skillful guidance throughout the legal process. Her practice is focused on employment advising, employment and labor litigation, and business litigation. 

She possesses particular expertise in Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) matters involving wage claims, harassment, and discrimination. Megan also represents businesses and business owners in disputes related to ownership and operations.

Before joining Harris Bricken, Megan worked at a leading Portland law firm. She is an intrepid advisor and litigator. Always prepared to go the distance for her clients, Megan has successfully litigated a range of cases related to emerging and highly regulated industries that often involve unsettled areas of law.

Megan is a skilled legal strategist who takes a proactive, big picture approach to advising her clients. She regularly conducts employer audits, drafts employee handbooks and contracts, and builds out unique agreements for non-traditional workers.

While earning her law degree at Lewis and Clark Law School, Megan was an associate editor of the Environmental Law Review. Since then, she has continued to address social and political inequities through her legal work. She is an active member of the Oregon Women Lawyers and currently sits on the committee for the St. Andrew Legal Clinic’s annual Race for Justice.

When not in the office, Megan is likely to be found running in a local race, cycling, or backpacking through the woods of the Pacific Northwest. In 2018, she plans to once again test her mettle over the 199-mile expanse of Oregon terrain, in the Hood to Coast run.   

More About Megan

Professional Experience

Attorney, Harris Bricken

Attorney, Sather, Byerly, & Holloway

Attorney, Cummins, Goodman, Denley & Vickers, P.C.

Law Clerk, Bonneville Power Administration

Law Clerk, Portland Energy Conservation, Inc.


Environmental Law Pro Bono Honors Award Scholar List, Lewis and Clark Law School


Portland Animal Welfare Team, Board Member and Secretary

Mentor, Oregon New Lawyer Mentor Program

Oregon Women Lawyers

St. Andrew Legal Clinic’s annual Race for Justice Committee

Media Appearances

Keeping the Peace,” Marijuana Business Magazine, April, 2018.

Nevermind State Law, Federal Employees Still Can’t Use Medical Marijuana,” Merry Jane, November 17, 2017.


  • University of Kansas (B.A., 2008)
  • Lewis and Clark Law School (J.D., 2012)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington